Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them by Frank Langella

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Captured forever in a unique memoir, Frank Langella’s myriad encounters with some of the past century’s most famous human beings are profoundly affecting, funny, wicked, sometimes shocking, and utterly irresistible. With sharp wit and a perceptive eye, Mr. Langella takes us with him into the private worlds and privileged lives of movie stars, presidents, royalty, literary lions, the social elite, and the greats of the Broadway stage. We learn something, too, of Mr. Langella’s personal journey from the age of fifteen to the present day. Dropped Names is, like its subjects, riveting and unforgettable.



Title : Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them
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ISBN : 0062094475
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 368 pages


Reviews


Vanessa rated it ★★★☆☆

May 19, 2012

I generally am not much of a fan of celebrity memoirs. A little too much "Chapter one: I am born" for me. Frank Langella bypasses all of that by writing an episodic memoir composed solely of his interactions with the famous (some of whom he met fleetingly and a few not at all.) As the subtitle sa...


Luann rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 09, 2012

Title is accurate - you don't learn much about Frank except that he has a way of ingratiating himself with people and he likes to screw. The sexual tidbits weren't all that salacious or interesting - I thought the subject of who and when presented rather boorishly. Frank redeems the book when he...


Bill rated it ★★★★☆

August 22, 2012

I came to this book not as die-hard "fan" of Mr. Langella's work--I have liked some of his performances, and others not so much, he was never "the deciding factor" for me in seeing a film or play. He has played Dracula and Nixon, as well as Skeletor and Dog the Bad Pirate. His career has spanned...


KOMET rated it ★★★★★

April 01, 2015

It was AN UTTER DELIGHT to read this book. It lived fully up to its billing as advertised recently in USA Today. With clarity, insight, and an unflinching truthfulness and candor, Langella provides the reader with penetrating and well-crafted vignettes throughout his 50-year acting career of the...


Kathy rated it ★★★★★

July 14, 2016

I thought this book would be a little like listening to a grocery store tabloid but it wasn’t. Langella gives a well written, insightful and sensitive voice to some great stories he shared with other famous people. That is not to say he takes the warts off,,, not even for himself. Not only are hi...


Ian W. rated it ★★★☆☆

May 23, 2012

A quick, enjoyable read, but not as much fun as I expected from the Times review. I've seen this called "Places My Penis Has Been," and there are indeed many wonderful stories of the women Langella has known, but the overall sense of the book is of great melancholy -- not for nothing are the chap...


Mediaman rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 03, 2012

Langella's huge ego gets in the way of this guarded book, which tells stories about dead famous people he supposedly knew. He rarely gives enough details in any story to make it interesting and uses much of it to look down upon names much bigger than his. He is downright mean at times. How he thi...


T rated it ★★★★★

May 29, 2012

Langella's acting is intense and dangerous. He's a guy you'll do your best to be careful around. I didn't know him as a writer until this. The writing comes across as the acting does. It's got the same quiet snap in its smart put-downs, and enough of those to make a reader grateful for the praise...


Cateline rated it ★★★★☆

February 19, 2014

Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women as I Knew Them by Frank Langella Not only is Frank Langella a marvelous and talented actor, it turns out he is a gifted writer as well. His turn of phrase is a delight to read. His candid stories of the wide array of famous people he has known, both casually an...


Patrice rated it ★★★★★

August 12, 2012

Two lines come to mind when thinking of this book. The first my father said to me when I was about 8 years old. "Anyone who belittles others is really belittling themselves". My father never said a bad word about anyone. He was a wonderful person, everyone loved him. The second line is Alice Roose...





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